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Retirement Villages Friday, February 25, 2011 - 23:00

Retirees should carefully consider the transport options available to them before moving to retirement villages.

Many railway stations are only accessible by long staircases and stairways.

Older people, at some stage, will not be able to drive any more and therefore will rely on buses and trains.

 
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Make sure that the retirement village has a courtesy bus service to take you shopping or on social trips.

Are there facilities such as swimming pool, library, arts and craft area, leisure centres?

Is the village close to a major shopping centre?

Are the apartments wired for internet access?

Is there an emergency call service?

 

Versailles Saint-Quentin s'implante à Maurice Friday, February 25, 2011 - 20:34

Classée au 10e rang des universités françaises, elle fait désormais partie du paysage mauricien. Elle, c'est l'université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, qui, par le biais de l'école d'enseignement supérieur Sup'CG Management & Networks, offre ses cours au rez-de-chaussée de la NeXteracom Tour 1 à Ébène. 

L'université en est à sa 20e année d'existence. Déjà, elle accueille 18 000 étudiants et offre 200 formations. À Maurice, les étudiants pourront bénéficier de la validation des acquis et de l'expérience. Dans un premier temps, la majorité des cours dispensés sera axée sur l'informatique, mais il existe également des cours qui touchent au domaine du marketing.

 Lors du lancement officiel, à Ébène, le ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur, Rajesh Jeetah, n'a pas manqué d'exprimer sa satisfaction de "voir émerger des partenariats de qualité." Il a également souligné que la demande pour des études supérieures s'accroît d'année en année. "En ce début de décennie, nous réalisons que la jeune génération à Maurice a soif d'apprentissage; elle a besoin de formation supérieure. L'accès à l'enseignement supérieur est aujourd'hui un atout indispensable.

 C'est la clé qui permet d'accéder à la progression sociale, le moteur de notre développement", note le ministre.  

Extra Funding in NSW Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 23:13

 Disability Services Minister, Peter Primrose has announced a pledge of $2 billion in extra funding for disability services in NSW over the next 5 years.

The Leader of the Opposition, Barry O’Farrell has said that he would honour this funding commitment if elected. 

 

● $203.4 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $48.3 million over 2009-10) to fund 401 new supported accommodation places. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 there will be an additional 1,370 places, with costs over the five years totalling $590 million

● $26.2 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $2.9 million over 2009-10) to prevent young people entering nursing homes, improve the circumstances of younger people in nursing homes and develop alternative models of support for young people living in nursing homes. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 $80 million will be have been spent

● $6 million in 2010-11 to provide alternative accommodation support for people with a disability located in Boarding Houses;

● $71 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $13.3 million over 2009-10) to increase support from three days a week to four days a week (and five days for people with very high support needs) for people with a significant disability who leave school but are unable to enter the workforce. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11, an estimated 6,240 people will be supported via the Agency’s post school programs at a cost of $235.3 million

● $42.4 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $4.8 million over 2009-10) for an additional 103 attendant care (intensive in-home support) places. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 an additional 612 places will be provided at a cost of $120.1 million

● $11 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $2.7 million over 2009-10) to provide intensive support packages for children and young people and their families. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 an additional 1,840 packages will be provided at a cost of $31.2 million

● $14.2 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $2.3 million over 2009-10) for additional therapy places. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 therapy places will increase by 2,880 at a cost of $40.6 million

● $34.3 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $2.4 million over 2009-10) to provide 159 new flexible respite packages. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 an additional 2,243 packages will be provided at a cost of $110.7 million

● $11 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $1.2 million over 2009-10) for day program places. An additional 780 places will be provided over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 at a cost of $33.3 million

● $5 million over four years ($1.5 million in 2010-11) to provide intensive assistance for 410 children and their families with managing problem behaviours, both at home and at school

● $585.8 million in 2010/11 (an increase of $48.1 million over 2009-10) for HACC services which include domestic assistance, social support, meals, transport, case management and respite

● $2 million in 2010/11 (an increase of $2.0 million over 2009-10) for additional support and early intervention for autism.

Productivity Commission Announcement Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 22:49

The SENIOR newspaper announces that the Productivity Commission has recommended sweeping changes to funding for aged care. 

  • Allow pensioners to buy a CPI-indexed government bond on the sale of their house to cover the cost of aged care. 
  • Create an Australian Seniors Gateway Agency to assess people for care services according to assessed need.
  • Implement building  design  standards to meet the needs of older people with functional limitations.
  • Remove the distinction between low and high care.
  • Require residential aged care facilities to set accommodation charges consistent with the cost of supply.
     

Council on the Ageing national chief executive Ian Yates said the proposal for a government-backed
equity release scheme was a positive step.  

Inauguration du Triolet Bypass Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 20:36

Le Triolet Bypass, nouvelle route qui offre un tracé alternative de Solitude à Fond du Sac, en contournant le village de Triolet, au coût de Rs 225 millions  a ete  inauguré, le mardi 1er Mars, par le Premier ministre, Navin Ramgoolam.
Ce projet tant attendu s'inscrit dans le cadre des initiatives prioritaires du gouvernement en vue d'améliorer la fluidité du trafic sur les principaux axes routiers. 

Il s'avère que le Triolet Bypass s'avère nécessaire avec la croissance que connaît le village de Triolet de par ses développements commerciaux, et en raison de l'insuffisance des infrastructures existentes, quant à la circulation automobile et piétonne, le long de la route de Grand- Baie (A4).
Le projet comprend une route à chaussée unique, longue de 6.5 km contournant le village de Triolet à l'est à partir de Solitude, jusqu'à la limite nord de Triolet sur la route de Fond du Sac.

Une nouvelle voie de 5,4 km avec une bande d'arrêt d'urgence, des îlots-refuges et des sentiers piétonniers, a été construite. Quant à la route de Fond du Sac, elle a été réaménagée, à partir de raccordement avec la route de Grand-Baie (A4) jusqu'au Triolet Bypass.


Cinq ronds-points ont, par ailleurs, été érigés. En outre, d'autres facilités, qui comprennent un réseau de drainage, des marquages routiers, des dispositions pour l'éclairage de la route, des panneaux de signalisation et les mains courantes ont été installées.  

Roger de Boucherville: "Mo pa ti krwar mo ti pu sorti enn zour" Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 20:21

Après 27 ans d'incarcération, dont 25 faisant suite à sa condamnation à mort, Roger Pardaillan de Boucherville, 80 ans, est un homme libre depuis le 19 Fevrier a 6.15 am.. C'est à cette heure précise qu'il a quitté sa cellule pour retrouver la liberté.

A 6h26, il prenait place dans le Waiting Room de la prison, en attendant l'arrivée de ses proches. Ses premiers mots à la presse : "Mo pa ti krwar mo ti pu sorti enn zour." Visiblement écrasé par le poids des ans, mais aussi par la maladie, Roger de Boucherville a été rejoint, à sa sortie de prison, par son épouse, ses fils et une de ses filles, ainsi que par son homme de loi, Me Chetan Baboolall.  

L'homme, qui a vu passer cinq commissaires des prisons durant sa période de détention, était visiblement soulagé de sortir de ce qui aura été son domicile pendant plus d'un quart de siècle. "Bann prisoniers sagrin mo pe alé. Mo kontan mo finn retruv mo liberte. Mo pa ti krwar mo pu sorti enn zour", dit-il, avec un sourire. Il ne peut plus se mouvoir avec autant de rapidité qu'avant.

Ses premiers pas d'homme libre sont hésitants, quelques peu gauches. Assis derrière une table dans le Waiting Room de la prison, en attendant l'arrivée de ses proches, il explique que son état de santé s'est beaucoup détérioré au fil de son incarcération. "Ma santé n'est plus la même qu'avant. Je suis malade et j'ai passé beaucoup de temps à l'hôpital, les pieds enchaînés", fait-il ressortir.
 

Royal Easter Show Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 19:05

Tickets for the Show from April 14-27 are on sale now. Senior Days will be on April 19-20. Buy your concession ticket, $26.50 from Australia Post or online at www.eastershow.com

When is the 2011 Show?
Thursday 14 April to Wednesday 27 April.

What time is the Show open?
Gates are officially open from 9.30am. If judging is due to start before this, you’ll be admitted.

The Main Arena entertainment ends with the Dairy Farmers Laser and Fireworks Finale at 9.10pm, and the Coca-Cola Carnival stays open until later.

This year as a mark of respect for our fallen soldiers we will be opening at 11am on ANZAC day.

Lest We Forget.

How much are ShowLink tickets to the Show?

  • Adult - $34
  • Concessions - $26.50
  • Person with a disability - $22.50 (plus one carer admitted free)
  • Child (4 -15) - $22.50 (plus school aged children over 16 years with an ROA School Pupil ID card)
  • Child (3 and under) - FREE

Buy a family ticket online and save 10%.

What does a ShowLink ticket cover?

ShowLink tickets cover entry into the Show and return public transport.

Where can I get my ticket to the Show and when do they go on sale?


Online tickets for sale 30 March 2011. Pre-sale tickets available 7 February 2011.

Queensland Floods Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 14:42

Whole families are unaccounted for after flash floods in southern Queensland, with eight confirmed dead and Premier Anna Bligh warning the toll could rise dramatically.

We have eight confirmed deaths at this point but we expect that figure to rise and potentially quite dramatically," Ms Bligh told reporters on Tuesday. 

www.smh.com.au

Ms Bligh said "whole families" were unaccounted for after flash flooding hit the city of Toowoomba west of Brisbane, and the Lockyer Valley at the foot of the Toowoomba range.

Queensland's capital is bracing for a catastrophic flood disaster with the Brisbane River expected to peak on Thursday morning as a deluge of water surges toward the city.

Some 6500 homes are expected to be inundated when the river peaks, following flash flooding in Toowoomba and surrounding areas on Tuesday which left nine dead and 66 unaccounted for. (Read more: Child killed in Ipswich flood)

Premier Anna Bligh has warned the death toll could double with flood levels expected to go beyond the 5.45m that hit the city during the 1974 disaster, making it the worst flood in 118 years. (Read more: How the flood hit)

"By midnight today river levels at Ipswich will reach the 18-19m mark, peaking some time during Wednesday at around 21-22m,'' she said.

New Pétanque Federation Australia (PFA) President Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 21:02

Congratulations to Sylvio Jolicoeur, the newly elected President of PFA. Sylvio showed great courage in engaging himself to fulfil this position after a much awaited AGM on Sunday the 12th of April 2009.

Let’s back Sylvio one of our own AMA member in his new position.